Fathom Psychology

"We sometimes need adversity to fathom our true depths." ~ Pat Riley

Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, or major life changes? There comes a time when help is needed from a certified professional to navigate our way through life’s challenges. Rae Westbury is a Professional Clinical Psychologist in the  Nth Gold Coast (Coomera) area, who can support you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery.



Experience You Can Rely On


Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours) ~ Griffith University
Masters of Clinical Psychology ~ Griffith University
Registered Clinical Psychologist ~ AHPRA
Endorsed Clinical Psychologist ~ Psychology Board of Australia
MAPS - Member of Australian Psychological Association

Private Practice

A client-centered approach to psychological therapy is the foundation to my private practice. Experience in scientifically supported approaches to treatment such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Skills, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Behavioural Activation (and more) makes it easier to find the right approach for you.


Previous experience supporting adult mental health recovery from mood disorders, anxiety, trauma and relapse prevention in hospital settings brings a broad level of expertise to a more personal level in private practice. Familiarity in working with multi-disciplinary teams brings a balanced approach to psychological treatment in a private clinical setting.

Psychology Research

Bringing science to practice. A solid research background with published book chapters and peer-reviewed research articles. Research grounded in the study of emotions and the psychophysiological correlates of the human empathic process fosters a compassionate and sensitive approach to your healing journey.


"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind"

~ William James

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What to expect on your first visit and onwards ....

Many people are apprehensive about their first visit to a psychologist. Let's demystify that a little!

Prior to your first visit, you will be given the opportunity to answer some questionnaires via an email intake process. These are not diagnostic, but simply give a broad overview of what might be going on for you right now. They also provide a "baseline" to help us gauge your progress on resolving issues over time.

First Appointment

Your first session is centered around getting to know you and introducing you to the therapy setting. We discuss your goals and expectations and start to conceptualise your individual situation and treatment plan. We'll also discuss a plan for appointment frequency and direction.

Ongoing sessions

Evidence-based psychological education, treatment and support work in harmony to improve self-understanding and enhance personal effectiveness and practical skills. You will develop new insights, attitudes, feelings and practical skills to apply towards life situations. It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the patient and psychologist alike.

Engaging in agreed upon skills practice between sessions is usually an essential part of your therapy process.

Making small consistent changes to self-defeating behavior and developing skills for resilience in managing feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger and pain can bring long-term, life-altering results.

Ending Therapy

Many clients are unsure about how long therapy should last. This is really up to you! Some clients wish to work on one specific issue and then move on when that is resolved. Some clients like to work on one issue and then take a break before wanting to work on something new.  Some clients  have very complex challenges and may wish to continue with psychological therapy for extended periods of time. Therapy duration is different for everyone, there are no set rules. Therapy ends when you want it to end. 



Operating from:

Haan Health Medical Centre

21 Coomera Grand Drive

Upper Coomera QLD  4209

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